Chronicles of Cross Training: December 25-31

Goodbye and good riddance, 2017!

2017 wasn’t the best year on the running front, but 2018 brings new hope and possibilities. That’s the beauty of this sport- it’s a journey and not training cycle or “goal race”. You always have second chances.

I’ll reflect more on this past year in a future post, but for now, I’ll talk about my week of cross training.


Monday PT exercises
Tuesday 60 min. arc trainer
Wednesday 60 min. elliptical + PT exercises
Thursday 4 miles + 30 min. arc trainer
Friday 60 min. elliptical + PT exercises
Saturday 6 miles
Sunday 60 min. elliptical

Ten miles isn’t much, but it beats a zero week or last week’s test run gone wrong. I did PT exercises and a decent amount of cross training. Clay and I also joined a new gym with Les Mills group fitness classes, and I’m excited to get back into BodyPump and BodyFlow.

Of course, I joined the gym so late in the week that I haven’t attended any classes, but I’ve committed for 12 months so there’s no rush, right?


The best part of my week was volunteering at the inaugural Betty Carlton Beer Mile. Adam from I GOT LEGS hosted the race, which benefited his charity efforts to help re-enabled athletes.

You can’t hang around with Adam and not be inspired. Adam lost the use of his legs in a car accident, and while most people in that situation would’ve given up, he used it as a new opportunity. Adam travels to races to spread awareness and bridge the gap between physically challenged and able bodied athletes. He’s a fixture in the local running scene, often completing races in his exoskeleton or on a hand cycle, as well as participating in Charleston Beer Runners on Thursday nights.

Adam completed the Betty Carlton Beer Mile in his exoskeleton, at around 58 minutes and with a standing ovation. When Adam began his last lap of the beer mile, many of the other runners and walkers went back on the course to walk with him and cheer him on as he finished. Even the mayor of Charleston came out to cheer Adam on (Thanks Charleston Beer Runners for the picture!).


This race had a spirit of support for I GOT LEGS rather than a competitive spirit. Most runners finished smiling. Others went behind a nearby bush to puke, had a beer and a chocolate chip cookie, and were smiling soon after.

Adam, Kryssy, and the crew did a wonderful job organizing the event. As a race volunteer, I logged runners’ times as they crossed the finish. A few others from Charleston Beer Runners (Eryn, Kevin, Brian, Paul, and Aaron) also helped. It was a fun way to end the week and 2017- and I was in my element at the finish line with the clipboard.



This week, I’m volunteering at the Race the Landing 5K on New Year’s Day, doing PT exercises, cross training, and hope to get a few runs in, assuming I’m relatively pain-free and my sports med/ART therapist says it’s cool.

2018 may not bring PRs or injury-free finishes, but here’s to owning whatever life brings us and moving forward no matter what. I know that’s what Adam would do.

I’m linking up with Holly at Hohoruns and Tricia at MississippiPiddlin‘ for their weekly wrap link. Come join the fun!

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10 Responses to Chronicles of Cross Training: December 25-31

  1. therightfits says:

    Love that quote- it’s the journey for sure! Here’s to 2018 being a great journey!

  2. Aren’t Lesmills classes the best? I teach both Bod Pump and RPM. Those classes are so much more intense than regular group fitness classes I think.

    • Amy Lauren says:

      This gym doesn’t have RPM… I think that is like spinning, which this gym has. I have done Bodypump, cx works and bodyflow at other gyms but I love those. I think doing a few classes each week will be good cross training this year, and maybe run only 4-5 days a week instead of 6, especially for awhile.

  3. Kate says:

    I just joined a gym too… mainly so I could use a treadmilll when temperatures are below zero, but I am also excited to check out some of the classes too!! Best of luck with your runs in 2018!!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      It doesn’t usually get this cold in Charleston, but we’ve had lows in the teens this week! Most years we have 1-2 cold days but never a string of a lot of them, or any chances of snow. I think the classes will be a great way to cross train or for a break when I don’t want to run.

  4. sarahdudek80 says:

    Cheers to a new year and a fresh start. While I wasn’t injured, I did realize that I didn’t get nearly the miles or races I normally do. I’m ready to get back into that too. What an inspirational friend you have and a great volunteering opportunity. So wonderful how you give back to the running community.

  5. HoHo Runs says:

    Thanks for the perspective Amy! Although we all struggle and often feel disappointed wishing things could be better, we need to remember to appreciate what we have and what we can do. I know you’ll take your rehab seriously and be back out on the road in no time! Happy New Year and thanks for linking!

  6. Elizabeth C. says:

    Great attitude Amy! It sounds like you had a good week and I really love how active you are in the local community. Volunteering is such a great way to give back and stay involved.

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